Traditional psychological treatment often involves better understanding your life to date, with a particular focus on traumatic or negative events that might be impacting your mental health. Positive psychology on the other hand focuses on examining your strengths and positive attributes, to create a greater sense of wellbeing.
Typically, Positive Psychology will have you to query your values (the beliefs that guide your behaviours). Examples of values include honesty, independence, creativity and love. These might be different to the values that are shared by your family, community or culture.
What really matters to me? What do I stand for in life? What do I want to be remembered for? Once you’ve established your values we can help you work towards living your strengths. Positive psychology argues that strengths are expressions of your values in action. They are ways of thinking, acting and feeling that lead to exceptional performance and energise you.